In the wake of increasing sectarian violence in Egypt, it is the responsibility of both the government and civil society to preserve diversity and tolerance and guarantee the political, legal, and religious rights of the nation’s Coptic population.
In the aftermath of the recent parliamentary elections, Egypt faces a legitimacy crisis for the ruling party, internal rifts within the opposition, and ongoing tension between the government and opposition.
Although a new round of talks regarding Iran’s nuclear program is taking place in Turkey, the nation's leaders will play a minimal role in the negotiations as the P5+1 works to curtail an Iranian bomb.
The establishment of an effective cooperative foreign policy with Turkey would get the European External Action Service off to a strong start and demonstrate that both Ankara and Brussels are committed to an ambitious agenda for the wider Middle East.
As the Christian population in Middle Eastern countries dwindles, it will take concerted regional action and international attention to enable Christian-Muslim coexistence in the region.
With nearly 1 in 3 Tunisian youth unemployed, the country’s policymakers must develop a strategic vision for growth and create jobs quickly.
At the beginning of the second decade of the twentieth century, the Arab world faces a number of significant political, economic, cultural, and social challenges that must be overcome.
Egypt could face significant social upheaval unless its government takes concrete action to reform the country's education, labor, and the public finance systems.
It is increasingly clear that reform in the Arab world depends less on the structure of formal political processes and institutions than on power relations among factions within Arab nations.
As the P5+1 conduct their first meetings in a year with Iran on its nuclear program, their objective is to begin a process that will lead Tehran to agree to meaningful and binding nuclear compromises and greater transparency.
By focusing the new round of negotiations between Iran and the P5+1 on swapping nuclear materials in order to reduce Iran’s fissile stockpile, negotiators are engaging in stalling tactics rather than creating the foundation for a long-term solution.
The confidential documents released by WikiLeaks reveal that Arab officials distrust the government in Tehran, which effectively uses soft power and political influence to maintain a significant role on the regional and global stage.
The Obama administration's efforts to convince Israel to agree to a final 90 day moratorium on settlement construction is a gamble that, if unsuccessful, could lead to the collapse of the peace process.
With Egypt's parliamentary elections only a few weeks away, the main parties and opposition leaders participating in the elections have yet to announce their electoral platforms, continuing instead to express vague positions on crucial social, political, and economic issues.
As Arab countries are the first victims of global price fluctuations of food commodities, they have a strong interest in the adoption of international mechanisms to bridge the emerging gap between the demand and supply in international markets.
The economic security challenges facing Gulf countries stem from their dependence on oil and their lack of food security; overcoming these challenges will require Gulf states to strengthen regional integration and build their human capital.
The solution to Yemen's problems is not an exclusive reliance on counterterrorism and military assistance from the West, but rather a greater concentration on helping Yemen confront its converging economic, political, environmental, and social challenges.
The United States and the international community must avoid letting immediate counter-terrorism efforts swamp more important long-term development assistance and capacity-building measures in Yemen.
Recent changes in Egyptian media regulations and increased government intimidation of prominent independent journalists have prompted speculation that the government is cracking down on media freedom in advance of the upcoming November parliamentary elections.
While Egypt’s opposition groups remain divided on whether or not to boycott the upcoming parliamentary elections, there are indications that they, as well as many Egyptian citizens, are beginning to favor international monitoring to safeguard against electoral fraud.